I read campaign literature and listened to the gubernatorial debates, trying to glean some insight on whom to vote for.

One leaflet promised to make our schools stronger. Specifically, how is he going to do that? Not a clue.

Our gubernatorial candidates didn’t do any better themselves. They all promised teachers a raise. I agree that excellent teachers should be rewarded that way.

If we follow what private industry does, we should hire only the best skilled candidates and pay them well. Instead, we accept all teacher candidates who apply regardless of excellence or deficiency in academic skills, IQ, or their ability to transfer knowledge and skills to students. It doesn’t make sense to me.

Weed out teacher candidates, accepting only 10-15 percent of them to continue in their endeavor, preferably with their continuing education paid for by the state.

That’s how it is done in the Nordic countries. Teachers are treated as professionals, which they are. There’s no preparation for the test. Either you know it or you don’t.

I have watched public education in South Carolina go downhill for three decades. Our standards for graduating from high school have since slackened, showing false improvement. What a way to hide the truth.

The question now is which progressive teacher training school will be brave enough to take the first step in South Carolina?

Auvo Kemppinen

Lake Moultrie Drive

Charleston